of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Rank and Organization: Ordinary Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1828, Dover,
N.H. Accredited To: New Hampshire. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
On board the flagship U.S.S. Hartford during action against rebel gunboats, the ram
Tennessee, and Fort Morgan in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Wounded and taken below to the
surgeon when a shell burst between the two forward 9-inch guns, killing and wounding 15
men, Melville promptly returned to his gun on the deck and, although scarcely able to
stand, refused to go below and continued to man his post throughout the remainder of the
action resulting in the capture of the rebel ram Tennessee.
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